Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails 

Rev. Leslie JarzabskiRev. Leslie brings to us her love of poetry and music, and for worship services that open our hearts to new ways of being with one another and the natural world. “The image that guides my understanding of worship is that of a warming fire around which we gather as a community,” Rev. Leslie writes. “Each of us brings our own unique piece of kindling to the fire, whether we are delivering the day’s sermon, reading an original poem, singing in the choir, or humming along with the hymns. The presence of each individual amplifies the warmth of the worship service, and is deeply felt. In worship, music and the arts connect us to one another through a shared experience of beauty and awe.”

Rev. Leslie holds a Master of Divinity from the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Journeying with people as they wrestle with the big questions – What gives my life meaning? And how will I live out that meaning in the world? – is the work that makes her heart sing.

Rev. Leslie was ordained at the First Unitarian Church of Lynchburg, Virginia, where she previously served as their first ever student minister. She comes to us with an extensive background in chaplaincy,” the art of walking with people and their families during times of transition, joy, and grief,” with an emphasis in crisis and trauma ministry. She has served as a hospital chaplain in the emergency department, trauma, neurosurgery, and pediatric services at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia (a level one trauma center). Prior to entering into the Unitarian Universalist ministry, Rev. Leslie was a case manager and “house mom” for eight amazing young people living in a foster care group home in Lynchburg.

Leslie lives in Fairbanks with her husband Jason, a third generation carpenter with a passion for renewable energy and sustainable building practices. They enjoy hitting the trails with their two husky mutts Penny and Molasses (natural-born bike-joring enthusiasts). Leslie and Jason also enjoy gardening, going on motorcycle trips to new places, and anthropomorphizing their cats, Ravi and Lilah Tov. They are thrilled to be in this wild, beautiful place.

Office Hours

Tuesday and Friday (9 AM – 1:30 PM)
Wednesday (12 PM – 4 PM)

And other times by appointment. Email or call 907-371-4798 to make an appointment.


Rev. Leslie Jarzabski - One Way (fo Many)